Leica binoculars from the legendary Trinovid product line have made their way to key sites in Africa and Eurasia in support of international efforts to monitor and conserve migratory waterbirds. The high-precision optical equipment is now helping to empower a network of international experts committed to monitoring and conserving migratory waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

The first batch of ten high-precision Leica Trinovid 10×42 binoculars have been handed over to a select group of waterbird experts and conservationists in Benin, Chad, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Libya,  São Tomé and Príncipe, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

The binoculars are being used to support the professional waterbird monitoring work being conducted under the umbrella of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), an intergovernmental environment treaty dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds across Africa and Eurasia.

The donation is part of a new three-year cooperation agreement Leica Camera AG has signed with the international treaty that aims to further develop and strengthen waterbird monitoring across Africa and Eurasia.

Map of the Agreement Area of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) showing the locations where the donated Leica Trinovid 10x42 binoculars are now supporting international waterbird monitoring work as well as a selection of AEWA protected waterbird species that occur in each country.
Map of the Agreement Area of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) showing the locations where the donated Leica Trinovid 10×42 binoculars are now supporting international waterbird monitoring work as well as a selection of AEWA protected waterbird species that occur in each country.

As part of the agreement, Leica Camera AG has committed to provide annual donations of both funds and optical equipment to support waterbird monitoring work in countries along the African-Eurasian Flyways.

We first reported about this exciting new cooperation between Leica and AEWA on the Leica Nature Observation Blog in this story: “From the Moon to the Wetlands of Africa – Strengthening Waterbird Monitoring Across Africa and Eurasia” on 10 January 2024. In this article, you will learn more about how a selection of the donated Leica binoculars are already being used in some countries across Africa and Eurasia.

Supporting Wildlife Conservation in Chad

Discover how new Leica binoculars are supporting wildlife conservation in Chad, a crucial hub for migratory waterbirds on the African-Eurasian Flyway. The Republic of Chad’s diverse wetland ecosystems, including Lake Chad and the Chari and Logone rivers, provide essential habitats for species like the Northern Pintail and Great White Pelican. Click here to learn how the state-of-the-art Leica binoculars are enhancing the country’s wildlife authority to better monitor and protect bird populations and how the new equipment is empowering rangers and researchers in their efforts to preserve Chad’s exceptional biodiversity.

Leica Binoculars on the Island of Príncipe

Discover how a pair of Leica binoculars is transforming bird conservation and community engagement on the lush island of Príncipe, part of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea. The donation, received by the island’s sole conservation NGO, Fundação Príncipe, has significantly enhanced their ability to monitor and protect local waterbird and seabird populations. These advanced binoculars not only improve data collection but also serve as a powerful tool for environmental education, engaging the local community and fostering a deeper appreciation for Príncipe’s avian biodiversity. Click here to learn more about the impact the professional Leica equipment is having on conservation efforts and community outreach on the Island.

Strengthening Waterbird Monitoring in Uzbekistan

Discover how the Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (UzSPB) is strengthening waterbird conservation in Uzbekistan with the help of donated Leica Trinovid binoculars. The new Leica equipment has significantly enhanced the accuracy and efficiency of their team’s monitoring efforts, motivating volunteers and professional ornithologists to expand their monitoring efforts across the country. Click here to learn how these advanced optics are driving conservation success and fostering a growing interest in birdwatching across Uzbekistan.

Counting Kenya’s Feathered Treasures with Leica Binoculars

Discover how the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is leading the waterbird monitoring work in Kenya and how the newly donated Leica binoculars will help Ireene-Rose Madindou, NMK’s Waterfowl Census Research and Monitoring Coordinator in her important work in Nairobi and key sites like Lakes Nakuru, Naivasha, Bogoria, and Elmenteita. Click here to learn how NMK’s efforts are vital for preserving Kenya’s diverse avian biodiversity and supporting global conservation efforts.


Environmental Stewardship

As a result of the new partnership agreement with AEWA, Leica Camera AG is not only demonstrating its dedication to nature conservation and to protecting the planet’s biodiversity, it has also gained the status of an official Migratory Species Champion for AEWA’s waterbird monitoring work, making Leica a leading example of cooperate responsibility and environmental stewardship in support of the work of the treaty.

For more information about the Agreement or the work of AEWA and the monitoring work being conducted under the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership please contact Sergey Dereliev, Head of the Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.

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